What are Dental Crowns?
Your teeth may suffer damage over time. There are many potential causes, including dental decay, trauma, or simple wear and tear. Teeth may change in size or form. Dental crowns are caps that fit over the teeth and have the form of teeth. Imagine it as a snug-fitting cap for the teeth. The crown gives the tooth back its original size, strength, shape, and look. The dental crown covers the visible part of the tooth and bonds to your teeth.
At Lanier Valley Dentistry, Colin Lentz, DDS and Heather Ramsey, DDS recommend getting a dental crown to protect your teeth.
Which Crown Styles Are Available?
Dental implant procedures may take several months from start to finish. Planning the procedure can be time-consuming. There are crowns made from different materials that may be utilized to create permanent crowns.
Stainless Steel CrownPrefabricated crowns are mostly used as a stopgap on permanent teeth. While the permanent crown is being created from a different material, the crown safeguards the filling or tooth. A stainless steel crown covers the main tooth prepared for it in younger patients. The tooth is completely covered by the crown, which protects it against future deterioration.
The crown comes naturally out with the main tooth as it falls out to make place for the permanent tooth. Stainless steel crowns are often used for children's teeth since they are less expensive than personalized crowns and the preventive dental care required to protect a tooth without a crown and don't need numerous dental appointments to be placed.
Metal CrownsCrowns made of metal, including base-metal alloys (nickel-chromium and cobalt-chromium alloys) or alloys with a high concentration of platinum or gold, can be used. Metal crowns are likely the most durable with regards to wear down since they can endure chewing and biting pressures effectively.
Metal crowns also don't often crack or chip. The biggest disadvantage is the metallic appearance and the expensive cost of gold. Metal crowns are a wonderful solution for molars that aren't in view.
Dental Porcelain Crowns Are Bonded to MetalThis type of crown may be colored to match the neighboring teeth (quite unlike metallic crowns). In contrast to resin or metal crowns, this type of crown results in the neighboring teeth wearing down more quickly. The porcelain part of the crown might potentially fracture or chip. Crowns of porcelain bonded to metal resemble natural teeth the most, second only to crowns made with all-ceramic.
But sometimes, particularly near your gum line and if the gums recede, the metal beneath a crown's porcelain might resemble a black line. These crowns might be an excellent option for back teeth and long bridges where metal is required for strength.
Resin-Only Dental CrownsThese are more affordable than other kinds of crowns. However, they are more prone to fractures and deterioration over time than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
Ceramic and Porcelain Dental CrownsCompared to other crown types, they provide greater natural color matching and could be more acceptable for those allergic to metal. Front and rear teeth may both benefit from all-ceramic crowns.
Temporary vs. PermanentWhile permanent crowns are usually manufactured in a lab, temporary crowns may be made in your dentist's office. Permanent types are often composed of stainless steel or an acrylic-based substance.
Contact Us Today
To schedule an appointment at Lanier Valley Dentistry for a dental crown, call us at (678) 802-8654 today and we can help determine which type and material is best for you.